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NAT’L – HUNTING – Cookbook: “Hunting is not about shooting, it’s about eating”

Roasted raccoon, squirrel in sauce, deer cooked in Coca-Cola. Here are a number of recipes from the book Op Jacht by photographer and writer Isabella Rozendaal (37) from Maastricht.

Rozendaal has been photographing animals for years and accompanying hunters in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Brazil since 2007. She herself is trained in hunting, learning how to kill and prepare game. For years she has been fascinated by the ambivalent relationship between humans and animals. “The cat is pampered like a full member of the family, while in the meantime we only eat floppy chicken. When hunting, people only really think about the time of filming, when at the end of the day it’s about food. Hunt is actually a really bulky book on how to put something on your plate.“ In 2019 she has an exhibition at the Fotomuseum The Hague with the photos she takes on the hunt (Isabella Hunts), now there is the book Hunt. “It started with my final year project at the Academy of Arts in 2007. It was about human interactions with pets. There is something very ambivalent about this: Pets are full members of the family, while in the meantime we eat meat en masse and accept the existence of factory farming.“, says Rozendaal. “Once I went hunting, I experienced a totally inverted world. Not necessarily better, but completely different. As a hunter you’re there when your food dies, and that ensures that you look at it in a different way, that you, as a human, are part of a food chain.“ Rozendaal accompanies all kinds of hunting parties such as shuttlecock hunting, big game hunting, small game, alligator hunting, pleasure hunting. She finds the latter particularly difficult to digest. “In Texas, they raise the biggest deer they can get, take it where you can shoot it, and all you have to do as a hunter is dock and pull the trigger.”  [full article]

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